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Marco Braunschweiler > I want to be an honest man and a good writer.

Jun 6th – July 26th 2014

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Friday, January 21, 2014 
/ UV curable print on Plexiglas, 24

Friday, January 21, 2014 
/ UV curable print on Plexiglas, 24" x 32"

Thursday, January 16, 2014 / 
UV curable print on Plexiglas, 24

Thursday, January 16, 2014 / 
UV curable print on Plexiglas, 24" x 32"

February 15-18, 2014 /  
UV curable print on Plexiglas, 24

February 15-18, 2014 / 
UV curable print on Plexiglas, 24" x 32"

Detail

Detail

Document is pleased to present I want to be an honest man and a good writer., a solo exhibition of new works by Marco Braunschweiler.

The exhibition takes the starting point of the Lilium Oriental Stargazer, developed in Southern California in the 1970s. This selection of photographs and timelapse films of Lilies opening and dying deal with the hybridization of media (and mediums) and the commercialization, packaging and sale of everyday rituals. Initially focused on aesthetic reduction this body of work moved, with time, toward a more nuanced study of creative labor–its commodification and exploitation.

The works on monitors use timelapse photography to speed up the slow stretching and growing lilies make over days into a few short minutes. This intimate experience placidly shows these flowers as dynamic, growing objects. The second set of works is a series of photographs taken from overhead of lilies in the newspapers they were wrapped in, with other ephemera from the studio. The 3 photographs are printed directly onto Plexiglas and attached to the wall using commercial sign brackets. This presentation allows the ink to float on the surface of the Plexiglas and over time eventually fade like the newsprint the flowers are wrapped in.

Marco Braunschweiler (b. 1985) is a Swiss-American artist, curator and lecturer based in Los Angeles. He was the director of Golden Age, Chicago; has presented programs at the Art Institute of Chicago, and White Flag Projects, St. Louis. Braunschweiler has exhibited at the Swiss Institute, New York, the Green Gallery, Milwaukee, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

An essay by Zachary Kaplan accompanies the exhibition. Click Here

Thomas Killian Roach > Weling

Apr 25th – May 31st 2014

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Oskar Werner, 2104

Oskar Werner, 2104

The Louvre Run, 2014

The Louvre Run, 2014

Untitled(60-04), 2014

Untitled(60-04), 2014


Document is pleased to present Weling, a solo exhibition of new works by Thomas Killian Roach.

For several years Roach has made flatbed scans of movies and live feeds directly from a small tube television—distorting the uniform moving image into fluctuating waves, compressing multiple shots onto a singe plane. His process resembles weaving: the longitudinal grille of the television is the warp; the horizontal movement of the scanning bar the weft; the television’s electron gun a loom’s fast-moving shuttle.

Roach’s idiosyncratic process extends and expands upon a minor tradition that spans Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey’s motion studies, early Modernist collage, and Chris Marker’s manipulations of time, memory, and the electronic image.

Roach has made and archived thousands of scans; Weling is their debut. The five works on view represent distinct lines of his practice. The exhibition’s title, Weling, is disjointed text recorded in one of his first scans of live television.

The exhibition features three large-format scans and two smaller studies. An essay by Ara Merjian accompanies the exhibition.

Thomas Killian Roach (b. Bridgeport, Connecticut 1985) lives and works in Chicago. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has recently exhibited in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Berlin and Chicago.

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Selina Trepp > Val Verità

Mar 14th – Apr 19th 2014

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Sun Sets, 2014 (Monitor W/ 28 Sec HD Video Loop)

Sun Sets, 2014 (Monitor W/ 28 Sec HD Video Loop)

Sun Sets, 2014 (Monitor W/ 7 Sec HD Video Loop)

Sun Sets, 2014 (Monitor W/ 7 Sec HD Video Loop)

The Horsewhisperer, 2013

The Horsewhisperer, 2013

The Jockey and his Wife, 2013

The Jockey and his Wife, 2013

At the End of the Day, 2013

At the End of the Day, 2013

Smoke Break with Cow Shit, 2013

Smoke Break with Cow Shit, 2013

Horses Asses, 2013

Horses Asses, 2013


DOCUMENT is pleased to present Val Verita, a solo exhibition of new work by Chicago based artist Selina Trepp.

Val Verità, translated from Romansch, means Truth Valley. But, Val Verità itself is fictitious.

The photographs in this series are based on a real town that holds an annual horse race on a frozen lake in the Swiss Alps region where Selina Trepp grew up. They’re as equally inspired by a naïve painting of a horse race she saw at a relative’s house, by a painter whose name she never tried to hunt down, and from a single passage she read in a book about the painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner she pulled off her shelf.

Over the past two years Trepp has been following a self-imposed rule that guides her studio practice; only use what’s already there to make new work with. No new materials or objects are brought in except for the clothes that she happens to be wearing that day. Because of this, she’s intimately familiar with, and acutely aware of the resources at her disposal. Every painting has been painted over multiple times, and when a color runs out it’s gone. Everything is transitory, in flux and cannibalized. Nothing is precious or tyrannically sentimental.

There’s also a very specialized economy of gesture at work in the photos, with the mirror’s reflective surface doubling halves of cow shit piles into wholes, multiplying pillars into a porch, and turning a touch into a hug. A little material goes a long way in these works.

The quiet, but omnipresent political dimension that permeates the work is one of thrift, making due and zero waste. Her photographs don’t make a fuss about it, they simply live by example.

Selina Trepp (Swiss/American, b. 1973, in Zurich, Switzerland) is an artist who’s work explores economy and improvisation. Her artistic output comes in a multitude of media: installation, video, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Additionally she developed a practice of singing combined with realtime video projection and has been performing as one half of the duo Spectralina, an audiovisual collaboration with her husband Dan Bitney. Selina Trepps work has been exhibited internationally and has received several awards and honors including the Swiss Art Award and the Illinois Arts council Fellowship.

Click Here for Exhibition Brochure PDF